Former Super Bowl champion Nick Foles lost his job as starting QB for the Jacksonville Jaguars following an injury earlier this year, but revealed to reporters on Wednesday that he never lost his faith or doubted himself – not even for a second.
“Right when I felt this thing breaking, I was going into the locker room. I just realized, you know, I just realized, God, this wasn’t exactly what I was thinking when I came to Jacksonville,” he said.
“Obviously you come here, and you want to create a culture and impact people, but at the end of the day, if God, this is the journey you want me to go on, I am going to glorify you in every action good or bad, and I still could have joy in an injury,” he explained.
Foles explained that his Super Bowl trophy meant little in comparison to his faith in Christ, which is the ultimate reward.
“People hear that and say that’s crazy, but it’s like when you believe in Jesus and you go out there and play, and that changes your heart, and you only understand it when, you know, that purpose in your life, just like when I hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, the reason I’m smiling is my faith was in Christ. In that moment, I realized I didn’t need that trophy to define who I was because it was already in Christ, and that’s my message when I play. Same thing happens when I get injured,” he said.
Foles was just getting started, and he continued to explain his Christian philosophy from there.
“We tend to make this so much about us as human beings. We tend to make it about us as athletes. It is not about us. It really isn’t, and if you make it about yourself, you’re probably going to go home at night, lay your head on your pillow and be very alone and very sad, and then hopefully someday you can find that purpose in your life,” Foles explained.
“Our purpose isn’t football. It’s impacting people, and my ministry happens to be the locker room, and I have been able still to get to know people, get to know these guys through an injury. Though I might not be playing, that is difficult from a fleshly perspective, but from the spiritual perspective, from my heart, I have been able to grow as a human being to where I feel like I am at a better situation here as a person than I was before because of the trial I just went under,” he said.
Foles added that he “does not believe in the prosperity gospel.” He believes that the word of God is about “trials along the way” that “equip your heart to be what you are” before giving respect to the coach of his opposing team this weekend.
The entire comment can be heard here:
“I don’t believe in the prosperity Gospel. I believe if you read the word of God and you understand it, there’s trials along the way but they equip your heart to be who you are.”
— Sports Spectrum (@Sports_Spectrum) November 13, 2019
After Foles won the Super Bowl MVP with the Philadelphia Eagles as a backup Quarterback in 2018, he gracefully stepped aside the following season and went back to the bench when the starter fully healed – a showing of humility and sportsmanship that is rare in this day and age.
“The presence of faith is not unique to the Eagles, though the way in which it has manifested might be,” ESPN reported.
Foles plans to become a pastor after he retires from the NFL.
Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags
Why were they even suspended?
Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.
The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.
UPDATE: High school players REINSTATED after suspension for honoring 9/11 first responders ==>https://t.co/i7hbJ7VLgr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 15, 2020
They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.
College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.
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